I can hardly believe it but friends, Lent begins a week from today! Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and abstinence. Oftentimes, Lent sneaks up on me and suddenly it is Ash Wednesday and I haven't thought deeply about what I plan to give up or add to my life to help myself better prepare for Jesus's glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday! But we have a week to prepare and plan for an intentional Lenten experience that will truly prep our souls to celebrate the Easter season joyfully and fully aware of what Easter truly means for us as Catholics.
Take Time to Reflect
Before next Wednesday, take time to reflect on where you are at in your spiritual journey.
After you've reflected and identified a few patterns of sin or an area that you've grown stagnant and lukewarm, its time to communicate your intentions with those around you. Its very easy to notice what's wrong, but it is another thing entirely to make serious, intentional changes in your life. Turn to your spouse, your best friend, your spiritual counselor, or accountability partner to help you stay committed throughout the upcoming forty days. They may also have great advice for you to help you make the changes you're wanting to make! People who know and love you well may have deep thoughts and advice that can help you decide what your next steps should be.
After prayer and intentional communication with those who love you and want the best for you, God and others, I want to encourage you to plan accordingly.
Lent's just around the corner sister, don't let it sneak up on you and don't let a lack of preparation be an excuse for you to not fully participate!
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Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val was a Cardinal under Pope Pious X (1865-1930) composed a beautiful prayer that was shared with me by a colleague a little over a month ago. She warned us while handing it out that the prayer can be very powerful and has a tendency to sneak up you. She was so right!
Last week, while our principal was away celebrating her honeymoon, there was a particular (minor) disciplinary instance that I initially felt left out of. I had been under the impression that I was to be consulted in such matters. As I began to feel left out and disheartened, I felt a small nudge in my heart.
"From the desire of being consulted..."
As I have led the Prayer of Humility for the past two weeks, different lines have stood out to me and stayed with me. Instead of flinching when I feel left out, I am reminded that I want others to be preferred to me in everything. When my son reaches for another adult, I remember that I want others to be loved more than me. Praise is given to another for something I have also done... Jesus deliver me from the desire of being praised.
I can humbly say that I am not good at humility. But I also believe that Jesus will deliver me and provide me with the grace that I need so that I can become as holy as I should. I had no idea what I was really praying for. However, as time as gone by, I'm beginning to just barely understand the humility and service Jesus calls us to. Try incorporating this litany into your life, maybe for the upcoming Advent season? You'll be surprised by how powerful such a simple prayer can be.